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The Ash Wednesday Supper: A New Translation

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Giordano Bruno's The Ash Wednesday Supper is the first of six philosophical dialogues in Italian that he wrote and published in London between 1584 and 1585. It presents a revolutionary cosmology founded on the new Copernican astronomy that Bruno extends to infinite dimensions, filling it with an endless number of planetary systems. As well as opening up the traditional ...more
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Published February 20th 2018 by University of Toronto Press (first published 1584)
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Uroš Đurković
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pet popepeljenih dijaloga (u pepeljavu sredu, kad je prvi dan posta) o analogiji i entropiji, kosmosima, karakterima, preobražajima, perspektivizaciji i još koječemu. Jedan od zvezdanih časova kad je modernitet zakucao na vrata, a ona su zaškripala. Iza vrata Lavlokova Geja: Zemlja kao superorganizam beskrajnih transformacija.

Ironično, kako to i biva, Bruno je spaljen 1600. godine, baš dan nakon pepeljave srede.

Maštam da se u nekoj mogućoj budućnosti (svi) naučni radovi pišu ovako.
"There is naught but one sky, one immense ethereal region where those magnificent lights keep their proper distances in order to participate in perpetual life. These blazing bodies are the ambassadors who announce the excellent glory and majesty of God."

"We ourselves and our possessions come and go, pass and return, and there is nothing of ours which does not become estranged from us, and there is nothing foreign to us which does not become ours. And there is nothing of which we are a part
The best part of this one is the mock-heroic account of his adventures in trying to get to the banquet, mud and all. He has a lively, fun style, which can truly sing at times. The stuff about physics and so forth though was much less intriguing, and indeed verged on the inane in places (making a big deal about how two far-flung stars can seem close together if they're in the same line of sight, for example). The edition I was using was hampered greatly by the editor/translator, one Stanley Jaki, ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent in all respects. Gatti provides a long-overdue translation of Bruno's important work in language that is accessible, engaging and en point (i.e. not modernised beyond recognition from how I imagine the original sixteenth century Italian must read). The original Italian is provided alongside the translated work, and in addition to the book itself, the copious and thorough notes throughout are easily ignored if you wish but give very useful insight into the meaning behind the words for ...more
Serpil Gunaydin
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That's an excellent book and i love it too muck. Bruno is an immortal philosopher, respect him.

" the end it is safer and more convenient to look for the truth away from the crowd, because the latter never offered precious and worthy things. It is always among the few that one can find things of perfection which, if they are only rare and in the possession of a few, could at least be recognized by anyone, though he could not get hold of them. And thus, their value would be due not so much to
Peter J.
I only marked this down because the version I read, with an introduction and notes by Stanley Jaki, was awful. Don't mistake me here. Bruno distinguished himself as always, however Jaki must be a seminarian or something, because the majority of his comments were lampoonings and attacks against the character of Bruno. This makes me question his taking up the task of writing this work all together, if not merely to discredit Bruno, who likely threatened his sacred dogma.
University of Chicago Magazine
Lawrence Lerner, AB'53, SM'55, PhD'62

From the coauthor: "A critical translation, with extensive introduction and notes, of Giordano Bruno's revolutionary philosophical-theological expansion on the Copernican theory."
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Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600), born Filippo Bruno, was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer, who is best known as a proponent of the infinity of the universe. His cosmological theories went beyond the Copernican model in identifying the Sun as just one of an infinite number of independently moving heavenly bodies: he is the first European man to have ...more